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System and method of relating resources and business objects of different business object types

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System and method of relating resources and business objects of different business object types


A system and method of relating resources and business objects. The method includes storing business objects by a first application server and a second application server, where the first application server is configured to access a business object of a first business object type and the second application server is configured not to access the business object of the first business object type. The method further includes storing resources, and relationships between the business objects and the resources. The method further includes generating an object view in which, for a selected business object, a first relationship is editable according to a first user input, where the first relationship relates the selected business object to one of the resources. The method further includes generating a resource view in which, for a selected resource, at least one associated business object and at least one associated relationship are viewable, where the at least one associated relationship relates the selected resource and the at least one associated business object. In this manner, resources may be scheduled despite the underlying applications not being able to access all the types of business objects.
Related Terms: Application Server Server Business Objects User Input

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USPTO Applicaton #: #20130036361 - Class: 715738 (USPTO) - 02/07/13 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >For Plural Users Or Sites (e.g., Network) >Network Resource Browsing Or Navigating

Inventors: Stefan Manuel Fischer

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130036361, System and method of relating resources and business objects of different business object types.

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Not applicable.

BACKGROUND

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to resource management, and in particular, to resource management using business object types.

2. Description of the Related Art

Unless otherwise indicated herein, the approaches described in this section are not prior art to the claims in this application and are not admitted to be prior art by inclusion in this section.

Scheduling employees to work at a business location is often automated. When multiple employees are available to work at multiple locations, the scheduling system may perform load balancing to allocate similar coverage of employees to all the locations. An example of this type of system is described in U.S. Application Pub. No. 2005/0137927.

Additionally, scheduling the time of individual employees is often automated. When an employee is available within a larger time period, the employee\'s time may be scheduled into shorter time periods. The scheduling system may receive a first request providing the availability within the larger time period, may receive a second request providing a desired availability within a shorter time period, and may then perform scheduling to take both these requests into account when scheduling the employee\'s time. An example of this type of system is described in U.S. Application Pub. No. 2005/0222884.

SUMMARY

Given the above background, there is a need to assign resources to projects in ways other than when the projects are all stored by the same homogeneous computing environment.

One embodiment includes a method of relating resources and business objects. The method includes storing business objects by a first application server and a second application server, where the first application server is configured to access a business object of a first business object type and the second application server is configured not to access the business object of the first business object type. The method further includes storing resources, and relationships between the business objects and the resources. The method further includes generating an object view in which, for a selected business object, a first relationship is editable according to a first user input, where the first relationship relates the selected business object to one of the resources. The method further includes generating a resource view in which, for a selected resource, at least one associated business object and at least one associated relationship are viewable, where the at least one associated relationship relates the selected resource and the at least one associated business object. In this manner, resources may be scheduled despite the underlying applications not being able to access all the types of business objects.

The user input may add (or remove) resources (from a selected business object) or business objects (from a selected resource) by editing the relationships. The relationships may be edited by editing their relationship attributes. The application servers may be heterogeneous.

A system may perform the above method. The system may include a number of application servers that are configured to perform steps of the method, e.g., as one or more hardware servers executing one or more computer programs.

A non-transitory computer readable medium may store instructions that correspond to the above method. The instructions may be arranged as subprograms or components that may be executed by one or more application servers (which may be implemented by one or more hardware servers).

An embodiment may have one or more of the following features. First, it allows for resource assignment in a heterogeneous environment. (Otherwise the heterogeneous components would each need to be modified to work with each other heterogeneous component.)

Second, it allows for resource scheduling for newly-added applications. When a new type of business object is added, the tools used to create the new application may be the same tools used to access that new business object type in the scheduling program. (Otherwise the newly-added application may have a new type of business object that requires reprogramming of the scheduling application before the scheduling application can access the new type of business object; or reports from both applications must be generated and then combined together.) For example, Company X has a project management system (for tracking projects) and a customer relationship management system (for tracking sales orders) that are staffed from the same set of employees; an embodiment may be used to generate a consistent view of the assigned employees to both sales orders and projects.

Third, it allows for one consistent view on resources in a heterogeneous environment. (Otherwise each heterogeneous application would need to be modified according to each other heterogeneous application in order to pull the resource data from the other heterogeneous applications.)

Fourth it easily allows extension to new entities to assign (“schedule”) resource against. The benefit of this is greater flexibility for workforce dominated companies (usually service providers) working in heterogeneous lines of business.

The following detailed description and accompanying drawings provide a better understanding of the nature and advantages of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a system for relating resources and business objects, according to an embodiment.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a three tier architecture system that may be used to implement an embodiment.

FIG. 3 is flowchart of a method of relating resources and business objects, according to an embodiment.

FIG. 4 shows an example of an object view, according to an embodiment.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130036361 A1
Publish Date
02/07/2013
Document #
13196164
File Date
08/02/2011
USPTO Class
715738
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
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Drawings
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Application Server
Server
Business Objects
User Input


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